Coronavirus Pandemic

Poland: Get Covid-19 vaccine, you could win Dh1m jackpot

Filed on May 25, 2021
People walk in the city centre in Warsaw as the country's Covid-19 restrictions are eased.


The competition will be run with the aid of state-owned companies and a lottery operator.

Poland will launch a lottery with prizes of as much as 1 million zlotys ($273,000, Dh1 million) to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the minister in charge of the immunisation programme said on Tuesday.

Michal Dworczyk said that although 69 per cent of Poles have declared they want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the biggest challenge was making sure they do it.

"We are carrying out another advertising campaign ... we have sports people involved, we have actors involved, influencers involved," Dworczyk told a news conference.

"Alongside these traditional forms... we are adding this extra proposal."

The competition will be run with the aid of state-owned companies and lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy.

Every 2,000th person taking part in the lottery will win 500 zlotys, with two participants winning one million zlotys and a hybrid car.

Municipalities will also be encouraged to compete to get the highest vaccination rates, with the first 500 to reach a rate of 75 per cent being awarded 100,000 zlotys.

The vaccination lottery follows a competition in June which offered fire engines to small municipalities that registered high turnout in the 2020 presidential election. This initiative met with criticism from opposition politicians, who called it thinly veiled vote-buying.

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